San Luis Obispo CAO Resigns

After eight years with the county, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer Wade Horton is stepping down. The Board of Supervisors accepted Horton’s resignation during closed session on March 21. He’ll depart on May 1st.

“We can’t thank Mr. Horton enough for his honorable and committed dedication to the County of San Luis Obispo,” said Board Chairman John Peschong.  

“He has navigated the County through some of its most difficult times, including acting as Emergency Services Director during the COVID-19 crisis and recent rainstorms, setting up a Homeless Division to better address the nationwide problem of homelessness and working with local cities and community partners to provide affordable housing with professionalism, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation. He is a true public servant that has made a real difference in the County throughout his tenure.”

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve the Board, organization and residents of San Luis Obispo County for the last 8 years,” Horton said.  “I am proud of all we have accomplished together, and I am thankful for the many opportunities the County has afforded to make a difference in our community alongside a talented staff, and so many incredible partners from local government, business, education and our nonprofit community.”

Horton joined the county as Public Works Director in 2014 after serving as Deputy Director of Utilities/Water for the City of San Luis Obispo. He was promoted to County Administrative Officer in 2017.

No reason was given for Horton’s resignation.